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Amy Gisriel ENGL 1102 Diebert June 19, 2015 “Character Analysis of Granny Weatherall” Katherine Anne Porter makes her story, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall , come alive using her inspiration taken from her own life. The main character, Ellen Weatherall, is said to be a mirror image of Porter’s own grandmother, who took in and raised Porter and her siblings after her own mother’s death. The story takes place in Granny Ellen Weatherall’s room, as she reluctantly lays in her sick bed awaiting death and reflecting on her life. In The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, Katherine Porter uses an intricate third person narration to effectively deliver a strong, independent character who is coming to terms with certain truths about her life and her approaching death. Granny Weatherall’s personality demonstrates a determined amount of denial which she uses as protection against her own mortality. It helps her character to feel as if she is still in control of her life. She describes having a full life and knows she has done a great deal. Granny Weatherall feels that if she just keeps perpetually going, death will not come. She carefully avoids the fact that she is dying by making plans for the next day, “The box in the attic with all those letters tied up, well, she’d have to go through that tomorrow.”(353) and by assuming that if she pay no attention to it, it might go away. She acknowledges her fear of her approaching death by rejecting it. “She had spent so much time preparing for death there was no need for bringing it up again. Let it take care of itself for now.”(354) Granny Weatherall’s reluctance to accept her fate also manifest itself while in the presence of the doctor. The young doctor is friendly in a patronizing kind of way. She insults him by indirectly implying that he is still a child. “Take your schoolbooks and go. There’s nothing
wrong with me” (352). Her character wants nothing more than for him to leave so she can continue to convince herself that she isn’t really sick. His presence is a tangible admission of defeat in her eyes. She bitterly insists to him that she isn’t unwell at all. She orders him to “Get

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